2022#3 2 February

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


New Edited Volume by UGent researcher

‘Making Homes(s) in Displacement’

Making Home(s) in Displacement critically rethinks the relationship between home and displacement from a spatial, material, and architectural perspective. Recent scholarship in the social sciences has investigated how migrants and refugees create and reproduce home under new conditions, thereby unpacking the seemingly contradictory positions of making a home and overcoming its loss. Yet, making home(s) in displacement is also a spatial practice, one which intrinsically relates to the fabrication of the built environment worldwide.


Research Stay of james wachira

We are happy to announce that James Wachira will be staying for a research visit at the Department of Languages and Cultures for the coming months.

James received his PhD degree from Bayreuth University last September and is currectly affiliated to the University of Nairobi. During his stay, he will be working on publications and research proposals related to East African oral and written literatures, the posthuman and intermediality.

Welcome James!

Universities as gateways between Africa and Europe: promoting a sustainable EU-AU partnership through university collaboration

ARUA and The Guild virtual panel discussion

The Guild and African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) invite you to a virtual panel discussion on 14 February 2022, part of Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform's (AERAP) side events to the AU-EU summit.

• Hugues Abriel, Vice-Rector for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Bern
• Barry Dwolatzky, Emeritus Professor in Electrical and Information Engineering and Director of Innovation Strategy, University of the Witwatersrand
• Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Ghana
• Moderator Peter Maassen, Professor in Higher Education Studies, University of Oslo and Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University


Symposium: Health Crisis of War

Making War a Priority Health Agenda

On Friday 4 February the Department of Public Health Sciences at MUSC in collaboration with the MUSC Center for Global Health and the Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association will be hosting a global health symposium. This event will discuss how war and armed conflicts are relentless events, producing devastating effects on the wellbeing of populations, especially the vulnerable (children, disabled, refugees, etc.).

With quite some focus on the war in northern Ethiopia.


Marktopportuniteiten in Congo voor Vlaamse KMO’s, ethisch ondernemen en cacao

Uitnodiging webinar

Heel lang keken onze ondernemers oostwaarts voor export en import en dan vooral naar India en China. De verstoring van de Aziatische aanvoerlijnen door COVID dwong ons dit wereldbeeld bij te stellen. Sinds de 6de EU-Africa Summit in oktober 2020 staat Afrika weer bovenaan de Europese agenda.

De tijd is dus rijp om een blik te werpen op de Democratische Republiek Congo (DRC).

In dit gratis webinar op vrijdag 25 februari worden marktopportuniteiten in de DRC bekeken en wordt ingegaan op ethisch ondernemen met de nadruk op mogelijkheden in de Congolese cacaosector.


Facultair magazine 'Binnenstebuiten'

Focus op internationalisering!

De studenten Japanologie waren in de lente van 2020 de meest opstandige toen ze een kruis moesten maken over hun buitenlandsemester. Internationalisering is voor ál onze studenten een essentiële component van hun opleiding, of zou het moeten zijn.

De wereld is kleiner geworden door corona. Hoe de Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte in de wereld staat, is het centrale thema van het derde nummer van Binnenstebuiten.


Vétérinaires Sans Frontières is looking for researchers

Possibly within the framework of VLIR-UOS projects

Are you conducting research related to livestock farming in Africa?

Some examples:
Can we profitably convert food waste into animal protein for animal feed through the cultivation of black soldier flies? Can methane emissions from pastoral livestock systems be fully compensated by carbon storage in the soil and plants of the vast savannah grasslands? How can we improve the use of antibiotics to prevent a pandemic of antimicrobial resistance?

Vétérinaires sans Frontières is looking for researchers to jointly submit VLIR-UOS or EU projects.

Let us know at info@vsf-belgium.org

Upcoming events

new location: Mandela Lecture 2022!

Human rights and social rights in an international perspective

WHEN 16-02-2022 at 20:00
WHERE Zaal De Blauwe Vogel - De Krook - Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and the Advisory Council International Solidarity City of Ghent
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/mandela-lecture-2022-human-rights-and-social-rights-international-perspective

At the 2022 Mandela Lecture in Ghent the following three speakers will engage in a panel discussion dealing specifically with human rights and social rights, both in the international arena and on the local level.

Navi Pillay is an international authority on human rights. As a South African jurist she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She was the first non-white woman judge of the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Based on her personal experiences, Ms. Pillay will give an overview of the contemporary challenges with respect to human rights and she will discuss possible future avenues for local actions.

As discussants, Prof. Eva Brems and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck will reflect on Ms. Pillay’s presentation and add insights from their respective domains of expertise. They will also explore in which way a city, as an increasingly important driver of socio-economic development, can play a role in local and international human rights policy.

Gie Goris will lead the discussion and the event will be livestreamed.

Debat - Groei in mondiale solidariteit

25 jaar GO Noord-Zuid Stad Gent

WHEN 24-02-2022 from 20:00 to 22:00
WHERE De Centrale, Turbinezaal, Ham 72 te 9000 Gent
ORGANIZER Gents Overleg Noord-Zuid
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be

Doelstelling: de ambities en doelstellingen behandelen van de stad op langere termijn op het vlak van internationale solidariteit,
duurzaamheid, mensenrechten en vrede.

Inleiding met Els Hertogen (directeur 11.11.11)


Hafsa El-Bazioui (Schepen Internationale Solidariteit en Facility Management Gent)
Ignace Vandoorselaer (CEO Neuhaus, 4F, ex-CEO Van de Velde)
Geert Laporte (directeur ECDPM)
Badra Djait (voorzitster VOEM) inclusiviteit, diversiteit Ugent
Erik Paredis (Professor Duurzame Ontwikkeling Ugent)
Pieter Nuytinck (voorzitter Gents MilieuFront)
Maarten Dheedene (VOKA Oost-Vlaanderen) duurzaam ondernemen
Katrien Neyt (secretaris ABVV Gent-Eeklo ABVV)
Annelies Verdoolage (voorzitster GONZ)

Moderator John Vandaele (MO* en EnerGent)